2019 Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Series Superloop Adelaide Wrap Up With Brian Boyd
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
PAYCE Managing Director Brian Boyd believes this year's Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup series is shaping up to be one of the best ever, attracting a top field of 24 drivers and cars for the first round at Adelaide.
Brian said PAYCE has expanded its support of the series, following its appointment as title partner with Porsche Australia and ongoing sponsorship for David Wall.
Fresh Liveries for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars in 2019 – Brian Boyd
"Many of the `second generation of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars that raced last year were sporting fresh liveries, including the Team PAYCE car of David Wall, who finished runner-up in the 2018 championship as well as taking home the Endurance Cup," Brian noted.
Adelaide Brings the Heat – Brian Boyd
"Adelaide is always a much-anticipated meeting and there was plenty of action over the four days starting with the practice sessions on Thursday.
"With the temperature heading towards 40 degrees, the morning's first practice session was concluded just three laps in when three cars were involved in an accident at turn eight that resulted in two of them being sidelined for the weekend."
Brian Boyd said that in the second practice session, Warren Luff impressed with the fastest time in his first outing since returning to the series.
"Queenslander Anthony Gilbertson was the best of the Pro-Am drivers, posting a time well clear of his rivals.
David Wall on Pole – Brian Boyd
"Team PAYCE driver, David Wall and his team took time to work on settings with the #38 Porsche and finished the second practice session with the fourth fastest time, just six-tenths of a second away from the top time and confident there was more in the car," Brian Boyd enthused.
"In qualifying, David was rewarded with the fastest time that gave Wall Racing its sixth straight pole since Darwin last year, while Anthony Gilbertson was the leading Pro-Am qualifier."
Nick McBride Steals the Thunder – Brian Boyd
Sitting on the front row beside David Wall for race one, Nick McBride led into the first corner and despite the best efforts by David, Nick fought off every challenge.
Brian said Nick went on to take the chequered flag and bank the first win of the season from a hard-charging David Wall who set the fastest lap time.
"The race was not without its dramas, with a safety car intervention when Tim Miles was stranded in the gravel trap at turn 11. Dale Wood raced well to keep Warren Luff at bay to complete the podium trio and Anthony Gilbertson notched up his first Pro-Am win."
Brian said race two resulted in another victory for Nick McBride, but not before he had a great battle with David Wall again into the first corner.
"Nick managed to pull out a small margin on the field and despite a charge from David in the closing stages he took win number two. David recorded the fastest lap and Dale Wood claimed another third place from Warren Luff.
"Anthony Gilbertson in the Pro-Am class continued on his winning way, despite tyre problems and a couple of errors.
Clean Sweep for Nick McBride in Season Opener – Brian Boyd
"The third and final race of the meet was a clean sweep for Nick McBride in the Pro class, while David Wall and Dale Wood maintained their consistency to take another second and third place respectively. David also took fastest lap to add to his two earlier fastest race lap times and top qualifier time.
"Nick McBride's three wins puts him at the head of the Outright leaderboard, 18 points up on David Wall, who in turn is 18 points ahead of Dale Wood.
"Anthony Gilbertson heads the Pro-Am class, followed by Liam Talbot, who won race two, and Richard Grove."
Brian Boyd said it was a great start to the season and although Nick McBride dominated the meet, his opposition was never far behind and with seven rounds to go it sets the scene for a great series.
"With the first round under their belts, drivers and teams have just a few weeks before they hit the track in front of an international audience at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix meeting in Melbourne."